DemoCafe took a break from its normal meeting schedule to participate in this important Conference on Sat 20th February 2016: http://www.quaker.org.uk/events/housing-and-inequality-what-canst-thou-do
Notes of Democafe special all day meeting at Friends House
The literature on our table received considerable interest during intervals between talks and workshops. Mary, Michael, Trevor, Janos were on hand to talk about the idea of democafes to those who stopped by. Below is a list of the workshops that took place, and the tables, including the DemoCafe one. Reports of some of the presentations to be added here:
LIST OF WORKSHOPS at Quaker Housing Day: 20th February 2016
WORKSHOP 1: HOMELESSNESS:
Speakers from Housing Justice, Alastair Murray, Chair: Hilary Petch, (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).
Ways to help those excluded and destitute from public provision
WORKSHOP 2: INTERNATIONAL LESSONS ON EXTREME HOUSING EXCLUSION:
Speaker Dr Gina Netto (Joseph Rowntree Foundation), Chair: Sheila Mosley of Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network (QARN):
To identify approaches used elsewhere in the world to house the destitute and those without recourse to public funds.
WORKSHOP 3: LOBBYING AND ACTIVISM: – Workshop on Housing Activism – Chair’s notes
Speaker: Jessica Metheringham, BYM Parliamentary Liaison Officer with Catherine West MP, Chair: Gillian Ashmore:
Topics and discussion to be chosen from ‘hot’ topics on the Parliamentary agenda.
WORKSHOP 4: CREATING NEW HOUSING STOCK:
Speakers: Gemma Tighe and Fran Hicks from Community Land Trust; also Nigel Morris to outline building processes, Chair: Beth Allen, Six Weeks Meeting (SWM):
To outline how the CLT helps local communities identify land and finance to help house local people at affordable rents; also to cover the mechanics of house building.
WORKSHOP 5: ETHICAL LANDLORDS AND TENANTS RIGHTS:
Speaker: Sarah Fishpool from Quaker Housing Trust (QHT), Chair: Paula Harvey, QHT:
To discuss the need for and to encourage participation in an ethical landlords’ network, and tenants’ rights
WORKSHOP 6 OPTIONS FOR OLDER PEOPLE:
Speaker: Angela Radcliffe, Older Womens Co-operative Housing Assn (OWCH), Deborah Fox, Homeshare/Shared Lives Plus, Tina Wathern, Older LGBT Housing Network Coordinator, Stonewall Housing. Chair: J Moran, Quaker Social Action:
How to downsize/use larger houses, lodger schemes eg Homeshare, Older Women’s Co-Housing Schemes.
DISPLAY TABLES at Quaker Housing Day: 20th February 2016
|Quaker Homeless Action
|Quaker Homeless Action is a national charity run primarily by volunteers. QHA’s vision is for a society where homeless, marginalised and excluded people are empowered and supported to break out of exclusion, poverty, and isolation to experience life in all its fullness. http://www.qha.org.uk/
|London Citizens UK
|Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. www.citizensuk.org
|The national voice of Christian action on housing and homelessness. We exist because we believe human dignity iss challenged by a lack of decent housing. http://www.housingjustice.org.uk/
|Where you and I as ordinary citizens can meet locally face to face to devise ways of restoring proper democratic control to the affairs of our land. http://www.democafe.uk/camden-venue/
|Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
|We provide housing and a variety of care and support services in Yorkshire and the North East. We also explore new approaches in these areas. www.jrht.org.uk/
|Community Land Trust
|Community Land Trusts are local organisations set up and run by ordinary people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets important to that community, like community enterprises, food growing or workspaces. The CLT’s main task is to make sure these homes are genuinely affordable, based on what people actually earn in their area, not just for now but for every future occupier. http://www.communitylandtrusts.org.uk/
|Older women’s CoHousing
|OWCH is a group of women over fifty who are creating our own community in a new, purpose-built block of flats in Union St, High Barnet, North. London. www.owch.org.uk/
|Join us to change lives. We are a national Christian social enterprise that provides homes for the homeless and those in most need. Our social enterprise houses and supports 734+ people through a network of 48 partners. Each partner houses the homeless in properties identified by the partner and purchased by us. Our partners place the residents, provide pastoral care, maintain the property and receive ongoing support from us. Investors in Green Pastures receive a 5% return on their investment. www.greenpastures.net
|Quaker Housing Trust
|Quaker Housing trust is a channel through which social housing projects can get advice, support, loans or grants that would be difficult to find elsewhere, and the channel through which friends can express practical social witness through housing. But most of all we exist to support the creation of homes for people of any age, when they are vulnerable at points of transition in their lives. Without a home it is difficult to realise that of god within oneself. www.qht.org.uk
|We aim to keep Quakers across London in touch with one another, and to give them a voice in addressing the wider world by organising events and helping us keep in touch with one another. www.londonquakers.org.uk
|South West Lobby
|Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network
|1) To work to change the way that Refugees and Asylum Seekers (whether recognized under UN Convention on the Status of Refugees or not) are treated, to ensure that justice and compassion are the guiding principles.
2) To support each other as Friends acting under concern.
3) To keep Friends in our Meetings up to date with developments.
4) To work to convince British Quakers that a principled critique of current Asylum Policy should be part of our Corporate Quaker witness, in keeping with our Testimony to Equality.
5) To Guide Britain Yearly Meeting, now that Sufferings have accepted that Asylum is a concern, to help them to work effectively for justice and compassion in our asylum and immigration system.
|Quaker Social Action
|Since 1867 QSA has taken action against poverty with practical projects in east London and across the UK. We believe that people in poverty are the real poverty experts so we work with them to deliver real change. Quaker values sit at the heart of what we do as an independent charity. www.quakersocialaction.org.uk/
|Our purpose is to inspire children and young people to see the world, other people and themselves in new ways, through discovering the stories of others. www.lifejacketsuk.org